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Coming into its own

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The Renaissance of the Oregon District By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: A view of the Oregon District businesses at night along Fifth Street; photo credit: Andrew Thompson Amongst the 20,000 residents, 40,000 students, 42,000 employees and 7 million visitors in the Greater Downtown Dayton area, you want to find the one seat that was meant just […]

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Bringing Back the Witch’s Broom

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The “Yellow Brick Road Map” to the Dayton Arcade Library  ARCADE LIBRARY COVER STORY: PART A By Paul Noah Publisher, Dayton City Paper Just after the $187 million library levy passed, Hollywood storyboard artist and long-time friend J. Todd Anderson met with me in early December 2012 and insisted I permit him to proceed and […]

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I’ll Be Your Mirror

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The Dayton Visual Arts Center’s Annual Art Auction By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Richard Mantia, Bridge to Maussane, 2012, acrylic on canvas  Every April, Daytonians celebrate the city’s most talented artists in one of the most fun events of the season. Several hundred artists, collectors and art enthusiasts mingle over food, drink and artwork in downtown […]

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Dayton – The Brain Drain

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And what UpDayton is doing about it By Zach Rogers Photo: Dayton’s young creatives at the 2012 UpDayton Summit. The brain drain. Sounds awful, right? Well, it is and it’s a crisis that’s been affecting the Dayton region for far too long. It’s time to put a stop this menace, and with the creation of UpDayton […]

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The new home of aviation on film

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The First Annual Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: The new two-projector system at the Air Force Museum Theater offers crisp 4K images The best film festivals offer attendees an experience beyond merely paying to watch a film on a big screen in a packed house. Films can transport us to other […]

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The ninja master next door

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How Stephen Hayes discovered the secret art of the ninja and brought it back to Dayton By Mark Luedtke Photo: Stephen K. Hayes of Quest Center for Martial Arts in Centerville To  Japan It all began with a book. When Stephen Hayes was a student at Kettering Fairmont High School, a friend gave him a […]

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Top Secret

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Troy’s Mission Impossible: Mumford & Sons By Matt Bayman Photo: Mumford & Sons bring their “Gentlemen of the Road Stopover” tour to Troy Aug. 30-31, closing out the event on Saturday night  Forbidden words in public. Phone calls made behind closed doors. Secret meeting locations and hidden agendas. This may sound like a plot from a […]

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Frame by Frame

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Gem City Comic Con expands to Nutter Center By Kate E Lore Photo: Cosplayers Phoenix Kasai (Rogue) and Nataniel Grauwelman (Gambit); photo credit: Scott D. M. Simmons My overeager feet nearly trip themselves. The parking lot at the Nutter Center feels like a vast ocean and I am anxious to reach the horizon. Charging forward, the […]

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I think this should happen

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The Arcade: Dayton’s public library By J. Todd Anderson Photo: A view from a window on the upper floor of the Arcade; photo credit: Nancy Roach Editor’s Note: For over two decades, the Arcade has stood vacant at the heart of downtown Dayton. Once serving as a vibrant commercial and social hub of the region, its […]

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Setting the standard

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Schuster Center celebrates 10 years of inspiration and innovation By Emma Jarman Photo: Marian and Dr. Benjamin Schuster signing the girders of the Schuster Performing Arts Center in 2003; photo credit: Andy Snow Dayton’s Schuster Performing Arts Center does more than just make Dayton home for artfully-minded residents; for many, it is home. The Dayton Philharmonic […]

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Recreating pioneer gold

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Indian Creek Distillery: oldest stills in America By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Joe Duer [pictured] and his wife, Missy, produce Staley Rye Whiskey using the recipe and techniques of their forefathers; Photo credit: Tyler Lukacs Indian Creek Distillery at Staley Mill Farm, located north of Dayton in New Carlisle, is an anachronism. Grasp the iron latch […]

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The illustrated adventures of Mr. Ted Rall

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A conversation with the man behind the panels By Zach Rogers Photo credit: Paul Noah Illustrations: Ted Rall In a way, boredom is the best muse for a creative individual, and sometimes it can do wonders for both your drive and passion. Just ask Ted Rall, a native of Kettering who broke free from the […]

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Coming for to carry me home

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The regional impact of The Emancipation Proclamation and The Underground Railroad By Leo DeLuca Photo: Abraham Lincoln [third from left] at the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the cabinet; photo courtesy of the Library of Congress Less than four years after campaigning for the United States Presidency on Dayton’s Old Courthouse steps, Abraham Lincoln issued […]

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The way we love

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Dating in the digital era By Stacey Ritz photo: Kelly and Rob Fisher met online and are now married; photo credit: Stacey Ritz “I was in an online relationship for about three years and then just like that, it was over.” Keith Rowman explained while thumbing through his text messages. “I thought I had found my […]

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Altered Realities

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The many visual worlds of Jud Yalkut By Shayna McConville Photo credit: Tyler Lukacs “I wanted to be a cartoonist or a scientist,” Jud Yalkut prophesized in his youth. Now, over half a century later, Yalkut is living his dream. It does not, however, involve a science laboratory or the animation studios of Disney. Yalkut […]

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Mayor Whaley?

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Dayton City Commissioner Nan Whaley enters heated mayoral race  By Zach Rogers While the suits in Washington decide over confusing matters like fiscal cliffs, tax dollars going out the window and gun control, it may not seem like much is happening in Dayton’s local government. Don’t be fooled: there is plenty happening around the city, […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]